Herbert Kitcheman was born in Bradford, Yorkshire on 30 November 1869. He was the son of Robert (John?) and Mary Ellen nee Limbert, but n the 1881 census was in the home of his uncle Edward and aunt Mary Kitcheman. Together they came to Ottawa in 1883.
He was in the Active Militia in Ottawa in 1886 and appears as a civil servant with the Ottawa Post Office as of 13 April 1889. Herbert Kitcheman married Harriet Wilson in Ottawa on 31 October 1892.
Continuing service as a letter carrier, he enlisted for service in South Africa with the Royal Canadian Field Artillery. Serving from December 1899 to January 1901 he received three clasps to his Queen’s Medal.
For the Great War, he enlisted with the 69th Battalion Canadian Forestry Corps, Service Number: 2157329. Serving in Canada, England and France he was injured when a tree fell on him and subsequently discharged as unfit.
Herbert Kitcheman died at Davisville Hospital in Toronto on 26 April 1921 of carcinoma of the neck and cardiac failure. His remains are in Sec. 41. Lot 35. South part, at Beechwood Cemetery.